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Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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    This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in Private groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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    Duration : 4 Days - 3 Nights
    Availability : Daily Departures
    Departure Location : Cusco
    Destination : Inca Quarry - Machu Picchu
    Min Age : 6+
    Max People : 12 PER GROUP
    Activity

    Trip styles

    TREK, ADVENTURE
    Mountain altitude

    Max. Altitude

    4457 M. / 14619 FT.
    acomodations

    Accommodation

    Camps & Hostel
    MODERATE

    Activity Level

    MODERATE
    TOUR DESCRIPTION

    Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

    The Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu (also known as the Cachicata, Soqma, and Chaski Trek) is an excursion that’s stayed out of the crowded traditional tourist circuits. It’s an excellent tour for those looking to delve into the Incas’ history and learn first-hand how life in the Andes works. The Inca Quarry Route was recently included in the top six Alternative Routes to Machu Picchu by National Geographic.

    The Inca Quarry trek is one of the newest and least crowded trekking routes to Machu Picchu. This wonderful trek will take you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins, and beautiful scenery.

    Amidst the exuberant local flora and fauna, you’ll visit the archaeological site of Perolniyoc and pass through various communities near the Cachiqata quarry. The Incas took the stones from this quarry to build Ollantaytambo. You’ll be able to appreciate some rocks that were cut by the Incas in that place!

    After three days of walking, you’ll go to Aguas Calientes by train. On the fourth day, you’ll visit the magnificent city of Machu Picchu. Our standard package includes the premium service of the Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and accommodation in a pleasant and comfortable hotel there. It also includes dinner in the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes and the entrance to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

    Briefing before the excursion

    You’ll have an informative meeting with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of your walk. This meeting will take place at our offices in Cusco. Take this opportunity to ask any questions you have and get ready, the adventure is about to begin!

    TOUR ITINERARY

    DAY 1Cusco - Soqma - Rayán

    We’ll pick you up from your hotel very early in the morning and travel for 2 hours to Soqma (3,205 masl / 10,512 fasl), the starting point of our trek. Our vans are incredibly comfortable; we’ll also provide blankets if you want to enjoy a few more minutes sleep.

    After meeting the porters and horse riders, our trek will begin 2 hours to the Perolniyoc waterfall. You’ll have the opportunity to get to the base of the waterfall to cool off. You can also stay on the road and take amazing pictures.

    After half an hour, we’ll arrive at the Inca archaeological site of Perolniyoc, built on a cliff with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. All our guides are experts in Inca history, so quality information is guaranteed. There we’ll also have lunch and, for the first time, you’ll taste the exquisite food prepared by our team.

    We’ll ascend for about 1 hour to our camp in Rayán (3,700 masl / 12,139 fasl) after lunch.

    The clear nights of the Andes are lovely. As we prepare for a full 3-course dinner, you’ll see the sky full of constellations and shooting stars. Then, a pleasant night of rest awaits you in your comfortable tent.

    • Meals: Lunch and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camps
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  4.9 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  3205 m / 10512 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  3700 m / 12139 ft

    DAY 2Rayán - Inti Punku - Choquetacarpo

    After breakfast, we’ll ascend for 3 hours to the first mountain pass of the excursion: Puccaqasa (4,370 masl / 14,333 fasl). From there, you can appreciate incredible views of the Sacred Valley. A perfect place to take pictures!

    Later we’ll descend for 25 minutes to the lunch spot. Once you have recharged your energy with the delicious food prepared by our chef, we’ll continue hiking a 2-hour going up and down. This section’s last 20 minutes will take us to the highest point of our excursion, the Kuychicassa Pass (4,457 masl / 14,619 fasl).

    From here, we’ll descend for 2.5 hours to the archaeological site of Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol from where we’ll appreciate a spectacular view of Verónica Mountain (5,682 masl / 18,637 fasl) and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will only have 30 minutes of descent to go to our camp, which upon arrival will already be set up in the Choquetacarpo sector (3,600 masl / 11,808 fasl).

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Camps
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  8 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  3600 m / 11808 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  4457 m / 14619 ft

    DAY 3Choquetacarpo - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

    Like every morning, we’ll enjoy breakfast and begin with a 1-hour descent to the Cachiqata quarries (3,525 masl / 11,562 fasl), where the stones were taken to build the wonderful fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here we’ll have a guided tour and observe the cut stone blocks whose transportation was interrupted by the Spanish arrival.

    We’ll descend from the quarry for 3 hours until we reach Ollantaytambo (2,840 masl / 9,315 fasl), where we’ll have lunch. You’ll board the train on the Vistadome service to Aguas Calientes (2,040 masl / 6,692 fasl) in the afternoon. This train trip will give you many opportunities to take some great photos.

    Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you’ll check-in at your hotel where you can rest until dinner. If you still have energy left, you can visit the hot springs, which are a great place to relax. Later, we’ll enjoy dinner in an excellent restaurant. Remember to go to bed early because our trip to Machu Picchu will start before sunrise.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Accommodation:  Hostel
    • Difficulty:  Moderate
    • Walking Distance:  7 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  2840 m / 9315 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  3525 m / 11562 ft

    DAY 4Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

    You’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then we’ll embark very early (5:30 a.m.) on a bus to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. You’ll discover the secrets of this mysterious place on a 2-hour guided tour.

    If you chose to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (not included in the package), you must do so at 10:00 a.m. Otherwise, you’ll have free time in Machu Picchu (you can walk to Puerta del Sol or the Inca Bridge) before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus.

    In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board the Expedition train heading to Ollantaytambo and later travel to Cusco in a private van. We’ll drop you off at the hotel door. The time of your arrival will depend on the time of your train ticket.

    • Meals: Breakfast.
    • Difficulty:  Easy
    • Minimum Elevation:  2040 m / 6691 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  2440 m / 8052 ft
    ADDITIONAL TRIP INFO
    INCLUDED
    Packing List
    Before You Go
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Inca Quarry Trek 4 Days?
    • Sleeping bag
    • trekking stick
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • One foamy sleeping pad per person
    • Inflatable Mattress
    • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
    • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
    • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma (start of trek)
    • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
    • High quality, 4 person tent for every 2 people
    • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
    • Kitchen tent
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Portable Eco-friendly toilet  and toilet tent
    • Professional Chef and assistant chef
    • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
    • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
    • Duffle bag for your personal gear
    • Four breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
    • Hot water for washing twice daily
    • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
    • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
    • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
    • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
    • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo
    • Private van transportation from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
    What Is Not Included?
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Original Passport
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
    • Insect repellant
    • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film with extra batteries
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Daypack

    Information Before leaving for the Inca Quarry Trek.

    We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Inca Quarry Trek in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

    Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

    Briefing or informative meeting

    All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

    Duffel bag or canvas case:

    ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

    A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

    Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

    The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

    It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

    Storing your luggage at our Office.

    Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

    Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

    Pickups:

    Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

    Return to Cusco:

    Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

    • In Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
    • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours.
    • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Peru Hike clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
    • In San Francisco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel in Cusco.

    Group tours:

    Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

    Strikes and demonstrations:

    Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

    Lost objects:

    You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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